Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist

Editor

Annie is Editor of Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

Annie received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. She also brings 20+ years of experience as a music educator and a volunteer teacher – particularly with inner city children – to the table in her research and writing. 

In her spare time Annie enjoys the outdoors, gardening, reading, and events with family and friends.

Recent blog posts by this author

Is the School Day Inefficient?

Is the public school’s institutional approach to education inefficient? The life of Denver high school junior Nick Bain suggests it certainly is. According to NPR, last school year Bain recognized the assembly-line process that he was being...

Let Them Play!

By now, many of us are convinced that kids need more recess time than they currently have. A recent article in the Washington Post confirms this. According to Debbie Rhea, when it comes to solutions and strategies to improve education, more time...

Character Education: Should More Schools Be Providing It?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece which raised the idea of separating sports from school. Many of you agreed that uncoupling the two would be beneficial in boosting academic performance. According to a new poll from Education Next, Intellectual...

Should More Americans Return to Gardening?

Thriftiness is a highly admired quality… but have you ever noticed how hard it is to be thrifty in a grocery store? Food prices seem to be continually high and rose again in July for the sixth month in a row. According to the USDA, a moderate-cost...

Why Families are Abandoning Public Schools

Unsocialized religious freaks living in the sticks. That’s how many critics view homeschoolers. But according to TIME magazine, it’s an uninformed caricature of an increasingly popular form of education. “Today, as many as 2 million—or 2.5...

School Spending: Higher Than You Might Think

“Based on your best guess, what is the average amount of money spent each year for a child in public schools in your local school district?” That’s a question recently asked of thousands of adults in America. Unfortunately, their answers suggest...

This Unique Form of Education is Putting Normal District Schools to Shame

We’ve reached the dog days of summer, and it’s time for many people to head back to school. Increasingly, though, many children are not heading back to the normal district school to which they are assigned. Instead, many parents are choosing to...

Study: Teacher Development Courses are Ineffective

Teacher development courses are ineffective. Common sense reached that conclusion long ago. But fortunately, there’s now a study that confirms it entitled “The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development.” According...

Presidential Candidates Better Have This Character Trait

Campaign season has (unfortunately) started once again. According to a presidential cheat sheet from The Atlantic, there are roughly eight alleged presidential candidates for the Democrats and a whopping 20 for the Republicans. Don’t worry, they’...

Latin Continues Its Comeback

Many of us have seen the image above and nodded our heads in agreement. But recent news out of the Vatican suggests that Latin might be making a comeback, particularly amongst the younger generation. From the Wall Street Journal: “Vatican...

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